2015 Best of Year Refrigerator Awards
From fancy French-doors to cheap top-freezers, these are the fridges you should buy.
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The humble refrigerator is a more important part of your kitchen than you might realize: In addition to looking good and storing groceries, it also has to do a good job of preserving food. The best refrigerators keep your produce fresh and save your frozen foods from freezer burn.
That's where our lab tests come in. We measure everything from how much usable space a fridge provides to how well it retains moisture and maintains even temperatures over time. These are the models that did best in our tests, and the ones you should check out if you're in the market for a new fridge.
Best Refrigerator of the Year: GE Café CFE28TSHSS
The best refrigerator in America is built in Louisville, Kentucky. The GE Café CFE28TSHSS is a 27.8-cu.-ft. French-door model with a stainless-steel exterior. In addition to providing superior food preservation and a classic look, it features a hot water dispenser for making tea or hot chocolate. Read our review.
Runner-Up: Kenmore 72483
Best Value French Door Refrigerator: Samsung RF260BEAESR
A French-door refrigerator is a must-have for any contemporary kitchen remodel. With eye-level access to fresh foods and a deep freezer drawer below, it's easy to see why. Samsung's RF260BEAESR is one of the most affordable French-door fridges you can buy, but it has the performance and features of models that cost thousands more. Read our review.
Best Side-by-Side Refrigerator: Kenmore 51763
If you prefer the layout of a side-by-side refrigerator, the stainless steel Kenmore 51763 is a great choice. Though sale prices are affordable, the interior has high-end touches—like extra lighting and attractive glass shelving. Read our review.
Runners-Up: Whirlpool WRS325FDAM and Kenmore 51122 These fridges are nearly identical, and can be found on sale for under $1,000. Either one is a great budget pick.
Best Top-Freezer Refrigerator: Kenmore 70623
Top-freezers sometimes get a bad rap for looking cheap and not working very well. But the Kenmore 70623 just might change your mind. This 20.4-cu.-ft. fridge feels upscale inside and out, with flexible shelves and stable temperatures for optimal food storage. Read our review.
Runner-Up: Frigidaire FGTR1845QF If this Kenmore is too big for you, or there isn't a Sears nearby, the 18-cu.-ft. Frigidaire FGTR1845QF is almost identical to our top pick but fits in a smaller space and is sold at more retailers.
Best Value Refrigerator: Frigidaire FFTR1814QW
That old refrigerator in your garage is making your electric bill a lot more expensive than it ought to be. Why not replace it with the Frigidaire FFTR1814QW? This efficient, full-sized model can fit plenty of food, and is also a good pick for a kitchen if you don't need anything that looks too fancy. Read our review.
Best Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator: Kenmore Pro 79993
Because they blend in with cabinetry, counter-depth fridges add an undeniably sleek look to your kitchen. With flat, stainless-steel surfaces and attractive handles, the new Kenmore Pro 79993 is the sleekest of them all. Inside, you get ample options for organizing and preserving food. Read our review.
Best Refrigerator for Cooks: KitchenAid Five Door KRMF706EBS/ESS
Food stays fresher when it's stored at the right humidity and temperature. From cheese to party platters, this new five-door fridge lets you customize each compartment for your groceries. There's even a custom tray that keeps herbs tasting like they've just been picked. Bonus: You can get this fridge in either traditional stainless steel or KitchenAid's beautiful new black stainless finish. Read our review.
Best New Refrigerator Feature: Frigidaire Custom-Flex
Hate trying to fit round bottles into square shelves? Frigidaire's new Custom-Flex setup lets you redesign the inside of your fridge door to fit your needs. You can slide shelves and bins wherever you want them, and even purchase additional storage cubbies to build a truly custom design. This great new feature can be found on more than a dozen top-freezer models, starting at around $700. Read our review.
Best Appliance Design: Frigidaire Professional Series
Frigidaire's new Professional suite of appliances offers understated elegance at an affordable price. But the straightforward controls and thick handles aren't just for looks: They're designed to make cooking easier. An oven with two timers is especially useful. Read our review.
Best New Finish in Appliances: Black Stainless
Do you love the durability of stainless steel but find yourself wishing it had just a bit more personality? Well, lucky you: There's a new finish in town. It's called black stainless, and it uses a chemical process to change the color of real stainless steel to make it look darker and arguably more complex. Variations on this theme are available in appliances from LG, Samsung, and KitchenAid. Read our review.